Brainerd: Mopar Friday qualifying notes

Alderman Grabs 13th Osborne Misses BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2001) - Darrell Alderman drove his new Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to the 13th-qualifying position to close the first day of activity at Brainerd International Raceway. Alderman...

Alderman Grabs 13th
Osborne Misses

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 17, 2001) - Darrell Alderman drove his new Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to the 13th-qualifying position to close the first day of activity at Brainerd International Raceway.

Alderman clicked off a 7.029-second elapsed time at 196.93 mph.

"We feel that we can move up tomorrow," Alderman said. "We made a much better run on that second one. The track was in bad shape on the first run and we just shook the tires real hard."

Teammate Mark Osborne, driver of the other Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, failed to crack the top 16 with a 7.062-second lap at 195.82 mph.

"We haven't made real good runs here today," Osborne commented. "On the first run, we really missed with the clutch set up. The second run we balked a little in the carburetor at the start and didn't make a clean run. We were in the bad lane (left) on our second pass, but everybody else seemed to get down - we just didn't."

Morgan On the Outside

Larry Morgan and the Dodge Motorsports Neon R/T are on the outside of the top-16 qualifiers after the first day. The Newark, Ohio resident barely missed the show in 18th after clocking a 7.056-second elapsed time at 195.48 mph.

Crew Chief Billy Wagner commented on the second session.

"We stuck the tire too much and it gagged the car," Wagner said. "We'll look at the clutch and make some changes for tomorrow. We should be okay because we know how to correct it."

Skuza Smokes the Tires

It wasn't a good day of qualifying for the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car. Driver and two-time NHRA national event winner Dean Skuza failed to make a complete pass after smoking the tires on both qualifying efforts.

"We're a little off with the track," Skuza said. "We're looking at the track conditions and they seem a little tricky. We're going to look at the clutch and see what we can put together for tomorrow."

Nickens Not In

Pro Stock rookie Bo Nickens ran a Hemi-powered Dodge R/T entry out of the Nicken Racing stable. It was the first laps of qualifying for Nickens since hitting the wall during the national event at Houston Raceway Park earlier this season.

Nickens, who is the son of car owner David Nickens, failed to qualify with a 7.191-second pass at 194.52 mph.

"The car is okay," Nickens said. "We were way off on out tire-ratio combination. We're going to change both, pull the tires off and get it fixed. You'll see s make better runs once we change those things."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan